Happy Birthday, Virginia Lee Burton!

Photo Barbara Erkilla Aug. 1964

Virginia was born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, August 30th 1909. Her family moved to San Diego California when she was 8, but eventually she moved back to Massachusetts to attend art school in Boston. She wrote and illustrated many children’s books including Mike Muligan and His Steam Shovel, and The Little House, both of which we have in our collection at Meadville Public Library! The Little House was awarded the Caldecott Award in 1943, but we have found that many of her books are classic tales of hope, endurance and encouragement.

1943 Caldecott Honor winners

Elizabeth Orton Jones for Small Rain: Versus from the Bible. We have in our collection, Prayer for a Child

Arnold E. Bare for Pierre Pidgeon

Berta and Elmer Hunter for The Mighty Hunter

Jean Charlot for A Child’s Good Night Book. We have in our collection, The Secret of the Andes which includes his illustrations.

Plato Chan for The Good-Luck Horse

You can find more information about Virginia Lee Burton here…

Scholastic: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/virginia-lee-burton/

Cape Ann Museum: https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/virginia-lee-burton-demetrios/

Norman Rockwell Museum: https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/virginia-lee-burton